15th October, 2016
| Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 12:00pm
The Daily Graphic calls for the review of article 244 of the 1992 Constitution and Section 17 of the Local Government Act 1993 (Act 462) which says "The Presiding Member shall be elected by at least two-thirds majority of all members of the Assembly". The paper says the provision means even if a member is unavailable, his vote is still counted in electing a Presiding Member. This means that many absentees would make it difficult for one to get the two-thirds majority. The Graphic thinks it is time to critically examine calls to elect MMDCEs so that political parties can put up candidates. To the paper, governance at the local level is very important, therefore the statutes must be reviewed to enhance development.
The Ghanaian Times welcomes the call by President John Mahama on Christian leaders to serve as faithful agents of peace, unity, reconciliation and development. The paper says in recent times, Christians and most especially their leaders have fallen short of the values of integrity and moral uprightness. It says not only has some of the leaders dragged Christendom in the mud by their conducts but have also become political soothsayers who are predicting the outcome of the 2016 election. The Times believes government and the church have collaborated to bring development to the people and so the few bad nuts must not be allowed to ruin the successes chalked up by their parochial interests.
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